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Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Ag is Cool!, The Dirt | 0 comments

Food and Wine in Wayne County

Food and Wine in Wayne County

Today, the Director’s Ohio Agriculture Week travels took us to Wayne County to learn about a few local businesses.

Marshallville Packing Co., located in Marshallville, Ohio has been in business for 60 years. While Marshallville Packing carries a host of products including Amish jellies, candies, cheeses, baked goods and farm fresh brown eggs, they are known for their full service meat counter. There, you will find a wide variety of Ohio raised meat, mostly made in and around Wayne County. Marshallville produces their own recipe sausages, bacon, hams, deli meats and jerky. Jim Tucker, owner of Marshallville Packing, is also the President of Ohio Association of Meat Processors

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Jim Tucker Marshallville Packing

Jim Tucker of Marshallville Packing Company with Director Daniels

Next we went to Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Inc. in Wooster, an independent chain of grocery stores located in NE Ohio.

The first Buehler’s grocery store was founded in 1929 by Ed Buehler and his wife, Helen. Originally founded in New Philadelphia, the Buehler family moved the business to Wooster, Ohio 3 years later. Today, Buehler’s Fresh Foods is still owned by the Buehler family and operated by its third generation from the store’s Wooster headquarters. The company employs 2,500 people.

In addition to its grocery services, Buehler’s also makes some of its own products including soup. The company was one of the first in Ohio and the nation to be a part of the Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program which gives a company the opportunity to ship their products containing meat across state lines while being inspected by the state instead of the federal government.

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On our visit we learned that just this weekend, Buehler’s Fresh Foods was awarded the “2014 Retailer of the Year Award” by the Cleveland Food Dealer Association.  Congrats to the company for receiving this special honor!

From left to right: James Austin, Dan Shanahan (Buehler's President), Director Daniels, Mike Merritt and Jim Crea

From left to right: James Austin, Dan Shanahan (Buehler’s President), Director Daniels, Mike Merritt and Jim Crea

The last stop of the day was at Troutman Vineyards, a local winery owned by Andy and Deanna Troutman.

Andy Troutman was recently featured in Growing Ohio magazine, where he explains how his 4H background helped lead him into learning  how to grow grapes for wine-making.

The Troutman’s opened their winery in June 2001.  Their property was previously owned by Russell Stauffer, who raised chickens and sold produce in a roadside stand. Some features from Mr. Stauffer’s enterprise can still be viewed at the vineyard, including the Troutman’s winter building which was renovated from one of the property’s original chicken coops.

Andy and his wife Deanna began planting vineyards in the spring 1998 and the first crop was harvested in the fall of 2000. The winery introduced three wines from the first vintage in the summer of 2001.

Director trying his hand at sealing a wine bottle.

Director trying his hand at sealing a wine bottle.

From left to right: Director Daniels, Andy Troutman, Christy Eckstein (Executive Director of the Ohio Grape Industries Committee)

From left to right: Director Daniels, Andy Troutman and Christy Eckstein (Executive Director of the Ohio Grape Industries Committee)

You may be surprised toYou may be surprised to know that there are 150 licensed wineries in the state of Ohio. In 2009, Ohio winemakers produced more than 1.1 million gallons of wine.

There are wineries located all throughout Ohio, but most of the wine made in Ohio, including wine made at Trotman Vineyards, is made in the Northeast corner of the state.

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